Hair picks Murali, Harbajan, and Saqlain as role models for chuckers

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Darrell Hair, the umpire who famously no-balled Muttiah Muralitharan in a Test match, says cricket's crackdown on illegal bowling actions has come 20 years too late, leaving the game with "a generation of chuckers.”

The Australian has watched with interest as a succession of leading bowlers led by Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal have been suspended from international cricket or reported in an unprecedented purge.

The absence of Ajmal for the upcoming Test series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates is a huge blow for Pakistan but Hair predictably has little sympathy, instead taking aim at the ICC for being soft on one of the game's most vexed issues for too long.

 "Whatever they're doing now, they're doing 20 years too late," he said. "They had a chance in 1995 to clean things up and it's taken them 19 years to finally come back and say they want chuckers out of the game. I can't believe that Saaed Ajmal has been able to bowl as long as he has, and they say he is bending his arm by 45 degrees [the legal limit is 15 degrees] or something. Well, every man and his dog would have known that.

"I suppose what it does show is the general weakness of the umpires over time to do anything about it."

Now six years into international retirement and working with his old club in Orange, the 62-year-old was at the centre of one of cricket's most notorious episodes when he repeatedly no-balled a 23-year-old Muralitharan during the Boxing Day Test between Australia and Sri Lanka at the MCG in 1995.

Muralitharan had his action cleared the following May, and then again in 1999 after he was called again by umpire Ross Emerson during a one-day international in Adelaide, and went on to take more Test wickets than any bowler in history.

"People say 'you should be happy with the way things turned out'...with the chuckers being weeded out. But it doesn't give me any personal satisfaction whatsoever," Hair said. "All I was doing at any time was just doing my job and I think I did it to the best of my ability. The fact was that no other ICC umpires were willing to have a go. Ross Emerson was very adamant about his thoughts about chuckers but they soon put him into the background.

"I suppose I was lucky I had a few games under my belt so they didn't want to target me, but they certainly got him out of the way fairly swiftly. It'll be interesting to see how many umpires are brave enough to get involved in it. I said it in the late '90s that if something wasn't done about it you'd have a generation of chuckers on your hands and now you have. They try to emulate Harbajan Singh and Saqlain Mushtaq and Murali and that's the problem. The crackdown should have happened on those players and the ICC should have let it be known that it wasn't acceptable." (Sydney Morning Herald)
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  • mount Tuesday, 14 October 2014 04:03 PM

    Without chucking how the ball leave from fingers. CHUCKLE MATTER.

    Aso san Tuesday, 14 October 2014 11:22 AM

    Mr.Hair is right. Today, even the kids who play cricket in the village play grounds chuck. They think that is how the game is played Sad, need to be corrected

    danusha Tuesday, 14 October 2014 08:46 AM

    Hair has still not recovered from his illness

    Fellowship Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:02 AM

    Chuckgate may open some chances for big3 in upcoming WC as some bowlers are already in dungeon.

    Ravi W Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:10 AM

    Darrell Hair would have said "It is better to have an interesting game with "chuckers" than a boring old fashioned game without "chuckers" - (If those bowlers were not from South Asia)

    sahan Tuesday, 14 October 2014 02:50 PM

    he was a useless umpire and racist all his career. no need to take him seriously via DM Android App

    cricketer Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:22 AM

    I'll second it , Mr. Hair is right.

    nigga Tuesday, 14 October 2014 02:52 PM

    Racism at its best

    nim Tuesday, 14 October 2014 03:15 PM

    murali had undergone somany tests when he was playing n proven he had no problem with his actions..its 100% legal..dont compare this lord of cricket with others. via DM Android App

    Jerry Wednesday, 15 October 2014 03:31 AM

    Mr.Hair , i thought you lost only your hair, not the brain. all 3 of these legends tested and proved that they are legal.

    Nihal Amarasekera Tuesday, 14 October 2014 09:48 AM

    Seemingly valid reasons. All started with Doosra. Not that this debars colourbar.

    cric Tuesday, 14 October 2014 01:56 PM

    And now Murali is spin bowling consultant of Australia! Big LOL.

    sandman Tuesday, 14 October 2014 10:02 AM

    Who is Darrell Hair (DH)?

    Adwait Ainapure Tuesday, 14 October 2014 10:02 AM

    So, once again it's asians versus Britishers/ Australians. Was this guy blind not to see suspicious bowling action of Brett Lee?

    Ambepola Wednesday, 15 October 2014 03:56 AM

    Chucking propped up Sri Lanka cricket.


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